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To the SMU Community,

As we work together to adapt to changes in our work and personal lives related to COVID-19, job one is maintaining the health of our community as we continue with the mission of educating our students. Decisions we make today may be revisited tomorrow as circumstances change, but we want to share with you what we know when we know it – as quickly and as efficiently as possible.  Please use this site to catch up on the latest general announcements from the Office of the President and other University administrators.  The FAQ’s are grouped in sections specific to students, faculty, staff and alumni to help direct you to your area of concern or interest.  You will find useful links to pages that our Office of Information and Technology has developed to explain the various types of technology we can use to keep learning, teaching and working.

Thank you and stay healthy.

R. Gerald Turner, President

Latest Updates

  • Updates from SMU Staff Association
    Dear Staff Colleagues,  As you all know life on campus has been severely disrupted. I want to take a moment to acknowledge the professionalism and dedication of the SMU staff in providing uninterrupted service to our students and the broader SMU community. The University continues to fulfill its mission, with some staff required to be … Read more
  • SMU May and June classes move online
    Dear Faculty, Students, and Staff: As the continuation of health and travel restrictions related to COVID-19 remains uncertain for the coming months, SMU has decided to move May and June term classes online. Enrollment for May and June classes for current SMU students opens Monday, April 13, and the priority enrollment deadline is Friday, April … Read more
  • SMU Alert: An important message regarding a COVID-19 case.
    SMU Alert: COVID-19 April 2, 2020 SMU has been notified that an employee of the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center on the University campus has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was tested Tuesday, April 1, received the positive results today, April 2, and will self-isolate for the next two weeks. The potential for contact … Read more
  • Announcing new date for SMU Commencement 2020
      Please watch this message from Dr. Turner announcing a postponement of SMU’s spring commencement to Saturday, August 15, 2020. Although the ceremony date is moving, you will still receive your degree on May 16th. Transcripts with your degree will be available in early June and your diploma will be mailed to you.
  • Letter to Undergraduate Students on Spring 2020 Temporary Grading Policy
    Dear SMU Undergraduate Students: I hope you are adjusting to your studies online in response to efforts to keep our campus community as safe as possible during the COVID outbreak. We received many emails and calls from you requesting that we modify our grading policies because of this unusual semester. After carefully consulting with faculty, … Read more
  • SMU will extend its “essential personnel only” status through April 30
    Dear SMU Faculty and Staff, Following the guidance of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s latest executive order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, SMU will extend its “essential personnel only” status through April 30, allowing most of our faculty and staff to continue working remotely. We miss seeing all of you on campus, but I am … Read more
  • Dean Quick: Continued Support and Additional Resources for Graduate Studies During Reduced Operations
    Dear Graduate Students, These are difficult times for all of us, and graduate students face their own set of challenges different from those of other SMU students.  I am writing, therefore, to assure you that the Office of Research and Graduate Studies is working closely with your schools and programs to ensure that you continue … Read more
  • COVID-19 update from the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center
    Hello Mustangs,  We understand that this is a very stressful and confusing time. Please know that our staff here at the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center are still here working hard to support both your physical and mental well-being. We will remain OPEN Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to provide care for students both … Read more
  • Three SMU students positive for COVID-19: All tested during Spring Break, none currently on campus
    Dear SMU Community, Because we are committed to doing all that we can to help keep our University population healthy, we are sharing information that three of our students, none currently on campus, have tested positive for COVID-19. All three students were tested after leaving campus for Spring Break. The first student, a graduate student … Read more
  • A message from R. Gerald Turner to alumni and friends
    Dear Mustang Family: We hope that you, your family, and your loved ones remain safe and healthy during this unprecedented time. Responding to the rapid and relentless expansion of COVID-19 has challenged us all. As I see our faculty and staff prepare for this first full week of online instruction and remote working, I am … Read more
  • SMU suspends all University–sponsored and/or sanctioned international travel
    Please note latest updates reflect more flexible travel guidelines. Following federal and local guidelines recommended to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SMU is suspending all university-sponsored and/or sanctioned international travel. Students (undergraduates and graduate students) as well as faculty and staff members currently studying or working abroad are requested to return to the … Read more
  • SMU Classes Move Online Through End of Spring Semester
    Dear SMU Community, Each day we evaluate the challenging issues created by COVID-19 and work diligently to make the best possible decisions for all of us. To align with declarations from federal, state and Dallas County health authorities, SMU is moving all classes online for the remainder of the spring semester. We also are reducing … Read more
  • Faculty Guidelines for Online Learning
    Dear Colleagues: As you prepare your classes for online instructional delivery, let me remind you about the Online Academic Continuity Webinars facilitated this week by experienced academic support professionals from OIT, CTE, the libraries, and faculty mentors.  Sessions are scheduled on Wednesday, March 18, until 9 p.m. and on Thursday, March 19 from 9 a.m. … Read more
  • Reduced Campus Operations
    Dear faculty and staff, In consultation with the President’s Executive Council, I have decided to move the University to “reduced operations” status until April 6 to responsibly care for our campus population in response to the spread of COVID-19. We will monitor developments in the days ahead and will revisit the possible extension of this … Read more
  • Research continuity update
    Dear Colleagues, As SMU takes precautions to respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), I’d like to offer additional information on how to continue our academic work and protect our research during this unusual period. The move to online instruction for the two weeks after Spring Break and other cautionary actions announced in Dr. Turner’s March 12 … Read more
  • Health update for faculty and staff
    Dear faculty and staff, It’s been a challenging weekend as we all have been navigating the closures, delays and anxiety associated with the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). As we head back to work tomorrow, I want to reaffirm the University’s commitment to your health. Remember that maintaining social distance between you and your co-workers is … Read more
  • Online instruction update
    Dear Colleagues: In response to the university’s decision to instruct students online during the two weeks following SMU’s Spring Break, the Office of Information Technology (OIT), the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), and SMU Libraries are developing a plan to prepare and equip our faculty for this transition. All faculty are expected to be proficient … Read more
  • SMU suspends all non-essential University-sponsored or sanctioned domestic travel
    Dear SMU staff and faculty, We have all been working hard to meet the needs of our students during this extraordinary time, and I want to thank you for everything you have done and continue to do as we adjust to the changing demands of this crisis. You are the heart of the University, and … Read more
  • SMU to temporarily move classes online after Spring Break
    Dear SMU community, Due to rapidly changing issues related to the spread of Coronavirus, SMU will move students from classrooms to online instruction for the first two weeks following Spring Break, beginning Monday, March 23.  The University is requesting that as many students as is possible leave the residence halls during Spring Break and remain … Read more
  • Continuity update from Dr. Turner
    Dear SMU community, I want each member of the SMU community to know that I appreciate your work during this period of uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus. Our goal is clear – to fulfill the mission of educating our students while limiting the risk of spreading COVID-19 on our campus. Please have patience as we thoughtfully … Read more
  • Letter from President Turner – Coronavirus update
    Dear SMU community,  The spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19, is top of mind for all of us, and I’d like to reassure you that SMU is working at every level to protect both the health and academic progress of our campus community.  These preparations include prevention information being distributed by the Dr. Bob Smith Health … Read more
  • Contingency plans for teaching
    As SMU continues to closely monitor the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), it is essential that faculty prepare for potential disruptions to the campus community. The information contained herein will aid departments throughout the university to develop contingency plans to minimize the possible impact to our day-to-day operations and academic schedule. I am urging all faculty members to be proactive in anticipating the possible effect on your courses and students … Read more
  • Faculty and staff may petition for research travel abroad
    The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) presents a dynamic situation in regard to international travel.  Based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and input from local and state health authorities, on Monday, March 2, SMU officials made the decision to suspend all SMU-sponsored and/or sanctioned faculty, staff, and student international travel and recall … Read more
  • Personal travel advisory
    As you make personal travel plans, including for Spring Break, it is important to clarify that the University will not attempt to monitor or regulate the personal travel of our students, faculty or staff. The restrictions in place only pertain to University-sponsored and/or sanctioned international travel in response to the Coronavirus. Those who do travel … Read more
  • Travel advisory
    SMU is following the Centers for Disease Control recommendation that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus. The U.S. State Department has issued a “Do not travel to China” warning and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has imposed restrictions on all passenger flights coming into the United States carrying individuals who have recently traveled from … Read more
  • Health advisory – staying safe from the Coronavirus
    Student Health Services is closely monitoring an outbreak of a potentially severe respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus first detected in Wuhan City, China in December.  While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that the immediate health risk of this new coronavirus to the general American public is low, SMU’s Student Health Services … Read more
  • Update on Coronavirus
    SMU has been closely monitoring the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) that began in China and has now sparked outbreaks around the world. This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautioned that it expects the coronavirus to begin spreading at a community level in the United States. The Texas Department of Health advises that the risk … Read more